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Filming Giants

P.E.I. Documentary Bluefin Examines History and Plight of Province’s Famous Giant Tuna All his life John Hopkins had wanted to catch a bluefin tuna. Growing to massive sizes, well in excess of 1,000 pounds and incredibly strong swimmers, bluefin are revered all over the world. “Every fisherman’s dream is to catch a giant bluefin. It’s one of the most powerful fish in the sea,” remarked Hopkins. But that was then. If you asked him that same question today — the answer ...

Seaweed Dreams

P.E.I. Man Celebrating a Decade Since He Sold His Dairy Quota For Kelp “This is it. This is our finished product.” As he spoke, Joe Dorgan plunged his hefty, calloused hand into the container in front of him, emerging with a small mound of finely crushed, dark plant material. It was dried seaweed, a mixture of rock weed, Irish moss, kelp and furcellaria, all collected from beaches across Prince Edward Island and crushed at Dorgan’s facility in Sea Cow Pond, near the western tip of the ...

Court Decision Adds to Uncertainty of Grieg Placentia Bay Project

The Atlantic Salmon Federation was recently successful in challenging a decision by the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador that released the proposed Placentia Bay aquaculture project from environmental assessment. Supreme Court Judge Gillian Butler released a written decision, finding then-Environment Minister Perry Trimper’s July 2016 decision, to allow the project to proceed without a comprehensive review, was unreasonable. She concluded “that the minister lacked jurisdiction to ...

NRC Working on Design of U.S. Polar Icebreakers

The National Research Council of Canada’s (NRC) facility in St. John’s recently hosted dignitaries from the United States Coast Guard (USCG), United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science & Technology (S&T) Directorate, and United States (U.S.) Navy to discuss and showcase progress made on the testing and evaluation of design models for the U.S. heavy polar icebreaker acquisition program. During this phase, the NRC is conducting environmental characterization of ice ...

A Hard Year For Ice: Plant Workers Included in Federal Compensation Plan

Newfoundland and Labrador is no stranger to ice floes, but even the most seasoned marine veteran will tell you that the 2017 season has been unprecedented. Almost daily northeasterly gales blasted the province’s east coast all spring, leading to unusually thick arctic ice being rafted unto the shore, blocking harbours and preventing many fishermen from reaching the snow crab grounds. As a result of the constant fishing delays and much lobbying by stakeholders in the province, the ...

Boat Backlog

Wait for New Fibreglass Fishing Vessels up to Five Years on P.E.I. If you’re a fish harvester on P.E.I. and are just starting to think about investing in a new boat — you might be in for a few delays. A glut of orders for new fishing vessels continues in the province, with no end in sight. If a captain were to walk in to Colleen Avery’s office at Doucette’s Boat Building in Miminegash, P.E.I. today and was willing to put down a deposit, she’d tell them that they could be ...

Shrimp Price Bumped to $1.25/pound

2017 Quota Cuts Still Cast Shadow on Season The Standing Fish Price-Setting Panel sided with harvesters June 21 when it agreed to a proposal from Newfoundland and Labrador shrimp fishermen to increase the minimum price to $1.25/pound, up from the original 2017 price of $.95/pound set in April. The bump amounts to a 31.5 per cent increase and is the minimum price for all shrimp sizes landed this summer, which range from two grams and up. Processors, represented by the Association of ...

Troubled Lobster Season Wraps Up in SW Nova

The lobster fishing industry in the south western end of Nova Scotia has been going through heady and profitable times during the past decade. While prices still mimicked those paid 30 years ago, the volume landed made up the difference in the all-important take home pay. No matter that signs appear to be a bit amiss on the lobster patch, a volume versus quality mentality pervades this industry to this day — but climate change could put an abrupt end to the catching frenzy, especially ...

Status Quo for 2017 N.L. Recreational Groundfish Fishery

After much public consultation, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) recently announced that there will be no changes to the regulations governing the recreational groundfish (cod) fishing season for Newfoundland and Labrador and Quebec’s Lower North Shore. In 2016, the fishing season was extended by 14 days to allow a total of 46 fishing days. These measures will remain in place for the 2017 season. In November 2016, DFO held a series of regional consultations, eight public ...

Longer Season, Increased Quotas for 2017 2J3KL Cod Fishery

Fishermen in NAFO Divisions 2J3KL are going to be able to catch more cod this year. In late May, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) announced the 2017 Northern cod Stewardship/Bycatch fishery will be opening earlier this year, with an increase in weekly catch limits. As well, the 12-mile fishing restriction has been dropped. The season started on June 12, with fishermen permitted to take 4,000 pounds per week, up to June 30. The season will be closed for the month of July when ...